Weekly Address: It’s Time for the Senate To Do Its Job

Weekly Address: It’s Time for the Senate To Do Its Job


The President: Hi, everybody. It’s now been 45 days since
I nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the
Supreme Court. Judge Garland is a man of
experience, integrity, and unimpeachable
qualifications. Judge Garland is someone who
Senate Republicans are on record saying is “a man of
accomplishment and keen intellect;” a man who’s
“honest and capable; ” a man whose “reputation
is beyond reproach.” Those are all quotes from
Republicans in the Senate. But so far, most Senate
Republicans have refused to even meet with
Judge Garland. Which means they’ve also
refused to do their job and hold a hearing on
his nomination, or an up-or-down vote. But they’ve still found time
to head home for recess over the next week. This is an abdication of the
Senate’s responsibility. Every Supreme Court nominee
since 1875 who hasn’t withdrawn from the process
has received a hearing or a vote. For over 40 years, there’s
been an average of 67 days between a nomination
and a hearing. This time should
be no different. This is not about partisan
politics – it’s about upholding the institutions
that make our democracy work. There’s a reason Judge
Garland has earned the respect of people from
both political parties. As a young lawyer, he left
a lucrative private firm to work in public service. He went to oversee the
federal response to the Oklahoma City bombing. For the last 19 years, Judge
Garland has served on the D.C. Circuit Court – often
called “the Second Highest Court in the Land” – and
for the past three years, he’s served as that
court’s Chief Judge. In fact, Judge Merrick
Garland has more federal judicial experience than any
other Supreme Court nominee in history. With a brilliant
mind, a kind spirit, and a good heart, he has
dedicated his life to protecting our rights, and
ensuring that the voices of everyday Americans
are heard. So there is absolutely
no reason for Republican Senators to deny him the
basic courtesy of a hearing and a vote – the same
courtesy that has been extended to others. This refusal to treat a
Supreme Court nomination with the seriousness it
deserves is what makes people so cynical
about Washington. That’s why poll after
poll shows a majority of Americans think Senate
Republicans should do their job; give Judge
Garland a hearing; and give Judge
Garland a vote. For all of our
political differences, Americans understand that
what unites us is far greater than
what divides us. And in the middle of a
volatile political season, it is more important than
ever that we fulfill our duties – in good faith
– as public servants. The Supreme Court must
remain above partisan politics. I’ve done my job – I
nominated someone as qualified as
Merrick Garland. Now it’s time for the
Senate to do their job. Give Judge
Garland a hearing. Give Judge Garland
an up-or-down vote. Treat him – and our
democracy – with the respect they deserve. Thanks for listening, and
have a great weekend.

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